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Spongelab

Science Focused Social Network


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Published 05/16/2012 and rated Ratingstars5 5 out of 5 stars
by Shel Gatto
What can you use the app for?

Spongelab is an online community focused on science. The application gives science-minded individuals a place to meet others with a similar focus. The website gives users a place to build a profile and add their science content. Users can transform content into useful lessons that can be assigned to an actual class. The user can access previous lessons and content through their profile. The community area provides users with a glimpse of all Spongelab-related content posted to Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus. Users can also earn credits by completing activities on the website. The user can use credit to purchase access to premium content or purchase credits with actual money. Leaderboards are also updated, showing the top levels and point earners.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Spongelab was founded in 2007 by Andrea Bielecki, Reg Bronskill and Jeremy Friedberg. The team behind Spongelab was focused on creating inspiration for individuals who are passionate about learning. The website currently supports an active community however it has not received significant publicity across the web. The application was awarded an honorable mention for its Build-a-Body anatomy game by the National Science Foundation in February of 2012.

What are the differences to other apps?

Spongelab is appealing because it is an extensive network focused entirely on science. Users have a lot to do when exploring the website. Social elements have been built in, allowing users to check for updates on Google Plus, Facebook and Twitter without leaving the website. Unique science games and other content are available to give users something to read and do. Users can also store content and turn it into actual classroom lessons.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Spongelab has a friendly appearance that entices new visitors to see what the site has to offer. Vibrant colors are found through small images, complemented by the site’s bright yellow trademark sponge. The design is relaxed, with just enough open space for the user to feel comfortable. A built in search bar, recognizable icons and simple headers help users learn more about what Spongelab is and how they can use it.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Spongelab community by clicking the red “Register” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form appears at the center of the next page. The form asks for a title, first and last name, username, email address, password, country, province or state and user type (teacher, student, media, scientist, etc.). New users must complete a registration confirmation before logging in.

What does it cost to use the application?

Spongelab is available to all users at no cost. Anyone can join the community for free. The website doesn’t charge a subscription fee and the user isn’t required to make any purchases to access basic features. There is premium content that requires credits to access. Users can earn credits on the site or purchase them with real money. 100 credits cost $1 CAD. 500 credits costs $4.75 CAD, 1,000 costs $9 CAD and 10,000 costs $85 CAD.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Spongelab is an excellent resource for anyone who loves science or is involved in science education. The website provides a number of fun and practical features that let users learn and organize their science related content. Users can sign up for free and earn credits or purchase credits with real money. The website offers a flexible membership that works well for many different users, from teachers and students to scientists and others.

  • Create an online profile in a science network
  • Store science content in one online location
  • Transform separate pieces of content into lessons
  • Earn or purchase credits to access premium content
  • View science updates on Facebook, Twitter and Google Plus


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